Anderson Named Alternate for USA Baseball
COLUMBIA - As Mizzou head baseball coach Tim Jamieson prepares for his stint as the head coach of the USA Baseball collegiate national team this summer, one of his Tiger players has been added to the roster as an alternate. Sophomore righty Eric Anderson has been selected to this year's team as an alternate, meaning that he will join the team if several other pitchers on the current roster are still playing with their collegiate teams in the NCAA College World Series.
Anderson is the first Tiger pitcher to join the USA Baseball collegiate national team since Kyle Gibson did so in 2008 and he is the seventh Tiger to earn a spot on the prestigious team. The team is comprised of the top players at the collegiate level who are not yet eligible for the MLB Draft. Currently on the collegiate baseball national team, there are pitchers from five teams - Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina - still playing in the NCAA College World Series. If any of those teams go deep into that tournament, look for Anderson to be added to the team.
The Team will begin training next Wednesday (June 22) in Keene, N.H., before opening competition on Thursday. The competition will start against the Keene Swamp Bats in the start of several games that will be played against New England Collegiate Baseball League. Competition for the team will continue until July 8.
Anderson spent the majority of the 2011 season recovering from offseason shoulder surgery but found his way back into the weekend rotation at the midway point of the season, sparking the Tigers' great play over the last six weeks of the season. In games that Anderson started last season, Mizzou went 7-1 with the only loss coming in the Big 12 Championship Game in which he pitched on three days rest. Anderson went 3-0 with a 4.93 ERA while striking out 26 batters in 45.2 innings pitched last season.
Also, Mizzou volunteer assistant coach Dan Pietorburgo will make the trip with Jamieson as the auxiliary coach for the collegiate national team. It will be his first stint with USA Baseball in a coaching role.